cardiology

Barbershop Study Trimmed Black Men's Hair And Blood Pressure

Mar 13, 2018

Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted places to improve health.

Digital gizmos can monitor your heart, whether it's a wrist-worn fitness tracker or a smartphone app to help cardiologists analyze diagnostic tests. The question is whether they're going to do your heart any good. The short answer: It depends.

One thing to consider is whether the device is a consumer fitness monitor for tracking heart rate, or if it's a medical device approved by the Food and Drug Administration for detecting potentially dangerous heart rhythm irregularities.

Cardiologist Mark Sabbota, who decides which brand of pacemaker to use, is opening yogurt shops with a St. Jude pacemaker rep; his hospital sees no conflict of interest, but some others do.